Roy Kral

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Jackie Cain and Roy Kral at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA, 1982

Roy Kral (October 10, 1921 – August 2, 2002) was an American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Cicero, Illinois. Known for his partnership with his wife Jackie Cain as the team Jackie and Roy, he was also the brother of the singer Irene Kral and the father of actress Tiffany Bolling.

Early years[edit]

Kral's parents were Joseph F. and Georgiana Kral. His father was a politician in Cicero.[1] As a child, Kral studied classical piano, but his interest changed to jazz in the 1930s.[2]


During World War II, Kral served in the Army as an arranger for the Army band. When he returned to Chicago, he joined the George Davis Quartet.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kral and Cain married in 1949. They had three daughters.[1]


Kral died of congestive heart failure in Montclair, New Jersey. He was 80 years old.[2]


With Don Sebesky


  1. ^ a b c Polgreen, Lydia (August 5, 2002). "Roy Kral, Half of a Duo That Jazzed Up Pop, Dies at 80". The New York Times. New York, New York City. Archived from the original on 6 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Thurber, Jon (August 6, 2002). "Roy Kral, 80; Jazz Duo Star". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 24. Retrieved June 6, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read